Images 14/2/16

•February 14, 2016 • 1 Comment

King James VI of Scotland

a quote from King James VI of Scotland from the 16th century..they really believe their own shit!

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stylist of the year..the one eye..

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the group omnium gatherum with grey heavens..or is that vice versa?

anthrax album cover

an album cover from anthrax..

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some singer called rebecca downes..

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see it?

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*grins

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but this isnt happening today..its a nutters conspiracy..

wall art at kylie jenners

this is some art from kylie jenners apartment..

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beyonce..keeping it real..i guess..sort of?

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the drummer from the group above with a golden dawn tat..google that..

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“The illustration was done by Dan Cassaro. Gail Bichler, design director writes, “Mark Liebovich writes about the people who really hold the power in the N.F.L. – not the muscled athletes, but Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner, and a kind of secret society of owners called the Membership. The cover image is a symbol for that group, based on the ‘all-seeing eye.'”

right up front in the NYT..so you notice it..and the message..they know the symbolism and what it stands for..

Drake’s new album cover

drakes new album cover..everything is A’Ok..

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just in case the really zombified among us didnt get the hint..

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Antonin Scalia..US Supreme Court justice dies

•February 14, 2016 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35571868

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – one of most conservative members of the high court – has died.

Justice Scalia’s death could shift the balance of power on the US high court, allowing President Barack Obama to add a fifth liberal justice to the court.

The court’s conservative majority has recently stalled major efforts by the Obama administration on climate change and immigration.

Justice Scalia, 79, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

He died in his sleep early on Saturday while in West Texas for hunting trip, the US Marshalls Service said.

“He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served.”

He died in his sleep early on Saturday while in West Texas for hunting trip, the US Marshalls Service said.

“He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served.”

Justice Scalia was one of the most prominent proponents of “originalism” – a conservative legal philosophy that believes the US Constitution has a fixed meaning and does not change with the times.

In 2008, Justice Scalia delivered the opinion in District of Columbia v Heller, a landmark case that affirmed an individual’s right to possess a handgun.

Throughout his career, the outspoken justice has been a vocal opponent of abortion and gay rights, often writing scathing dissenting opinions.

He was known for his sense of humour and colourful language, calling efforts to defend President Obama’s healthcare reform law “jiggery-pokery” and “pure applesauce”.

The appointment of Justice Scalia’s successor is certain to become a major issue in the presidential race.

Republicans in the US Senate are likely to try to block efforts by Mr Obama to appoint a new justice, arguing the next president should make the appointment.

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thats what we can call a “black swan” event in politics..its going to play a role now..

and this is why:

“US Supreme Court justices are appointed to life terms by the president with the approval of the US Senate.

The length of their terms along with their influence on US politics makes their selection and confirmation hotly debated.

Appointed by Democratic presidents, associate justices Mrs Ginsburg, 82, Sonia Sotomayor, 61, Stephen Breyer, 77, and Elena Kagan, 55, make up the court’s liberal wing.

Appointed by Republican presidents, Chief Justice John Roberts, 61, along with justices Clarence Thomas, 67, Anthony Kennedy, 79, and Samuel Alito, 65, are the court’s conservative bloc.

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Symbols of an Alien Sky (Full Documentary)

•February 14, 2016 • 1 Comment

Here we offer David Talbott’s first glimpses of celestial dramas in ancient times. Just a few thousand years ago a gathering of planets hung as towering forms in the ancient sky close to the earth, provoking spectacular electric discharge formations above our forebears.

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thanks to rev17 for the link..

very interested to know the readers thoughts..

the connection of the ancients to the skies is unquestionable..what did they see?

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Russia to become world’s largest wheat exporter in 2016

•February 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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https://www.rt.com/business/331720-russia-grain-top-exporter/

Wheat exports from Russia are expected to set a new record this year, outpacing the biggest wheat exporters Canada and the US, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

According to USDA statistics, Russian exports this year would rise three percent to 23.5 million metric tons. US wheat exports are projected to fall to a 44-year low, to 21.8 million tons. Canada’s exports are expected to be 20.5 million tons, down from 24.1 million the year previous.

Record harvests, a strong dollar and cheap oil are the factors which could shake up the multibillion-dollar global wheat market.

“There is a lot of wheat out there, and it all comes down to price,” said Greg Harvey, the chief executive of Singapore-based miller Interflour Group Pte.

While the price for wheat is falling, a strong US dollar makes American wheat more expensive for buyers using other currencies. On the contrary, a weaker Russian ruble makes the country’s exports more competitive, with long-standing US customers shifting wheat purchases to Russia.

Africa’s largest economy Nigeria was once a top US wheat customer but has cut the purchases by almost half in the past five years.

“This season we’re selling more to distant destinations like Nigeria…and we also supplied some wheat to Mexico,” Andrey Sizov, managing director of Russian agriculture consulting firm SovEcon told the WSJ.

Russia has boosted exports to one of its biggest customers Egypt. Exports currently average 4-5 million tons a year are expected to reach six million tons per year. Moscow and Cairo are also discussing Russian participation in the construction of grain infrastructure in Egypt.

In June, Russia renewed grain deliveries to Iran. The shipments are reported to be at least 1.3 million tons per year.

Russian agriculture could soon become the country’s second biggest export after energy, according to Russian Agriculture Minister Aleksandr Tkachev. Last year, Russia’s top exports were: oil at $90 billion; gas $40 billion; arms $15 billion; and agriculture $15 billion.

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“While the price for wheat is falling, a strong US dollar makes American wheat more expensive for buyers using other currencies. On the contrary, a weaker Russian ruble makes the country’s exports more competitive, with long-standing US customers shifting wheat purchases to Russia.”

thats called blowback..

“Russian agriculture could soon become the country’s second biggest export after energy”

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Paris global warming treaty will cost at least $12.1 trillion over 25 years

•February 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/01/obamas-paris-global-warming-treaty-will-cost-at-least-12-1-trillion/

The United Nations Paris agreement to stop dangerous global warming could cost $12.1 trillion over the next 25 years, according to calculations performed by environmental activists.

“The required expenditure averages about $484 billion a year over the period,”calculated Bloomberg New Energy Finance with the assistance of the environmentalist nonprofit Ceres.

That’s almost as much money the U.S. federal government spent on defense in 2015, according to 2015 spending numbers from the bipartisan Committee For Responsible Federal Budget. The required annual spending is almost 3.7 times more than the $131.57 billion China spent on its military in 2014.

Bloomberg’s estimates are likely low, as they exclude costly energy efficiency measures. The amount spent to meet global carbon dioxide emissions reduction goals could be as high as $16.5 trillion between now and 2030, when energy efficiency measures are included, according to projections from the  International Energy Agency. To put these numbers in perspective, the U.S. government is just under $19 trillion in debt and only produced $17.4 trillion in gross domestic product in 2014.

American taxpayers spend an average of $39 billion a year financially supporting solar energy, according to a report by the Taxpayer Protection Alliance. The same report shows President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus package contained $51 billion in spending for green energy projects, including funding for failed solar energy companies such as Solyndra and Abound Solar.

Solyndra was given a $535 million loan guarantee by the Obama administration before filing for bankruptcy in 2011. Abound Solar got a $400 million federal loan guarantee, but filed for bankruptcyin 2012 after making faulty panels that routinely caught fire.

Despite relatively high levels of taxpayer support, in 2014 solar and wind power accounted for only 0.4 and 4.4 percent of electricitygenerated in the U.S., respectively, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Ironically, solar and wind power have not done much to reduce America’s carbon dioxide emissions. Studies show solar power is responsible for one percent of the decline in U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions, while natural gas is responsible for almost 20 percent. For every ton of carbon dioxide cut by solar power, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas cut 13 tons.

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i only have one question for that..who is paying?

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World powers agree to ceasefire in Syria..did anyone ask Syria?

•February 13, 2016 • 16 Comments

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/world-powers-agree-to-ceasefire-in-syria/news-story/9791aa9cc9da293a39403def990ec8a2

World powers have agreed on a ceasefire in Syria in one week’s time, giving Russia a chance to help the Assad regime press an offensive that has expanded the Kremlin’s clout in the region.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said agreement was also reached to accelerate and expand the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria immediately.

He spoke at a news conference after more than five hours of talks with Russia, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other countries, a meeting that aimed to halt a recent onslaught that has created tens of thousands of new refugees.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a working group chaired by the US and Russia would work out the details of the ceasefire within one week.

The diplomatic push has been complicated by the successes of the pro-regimen offensive, backed by Russian air power, which Arab, Israeli and US officials say has vital US allies taking sharply different positions at a crucial moment.

A US official said earlier that Russia had offered to stop some of its bombing in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces by March 1. In response, the US called for an immediate ceasefire, arguing that Russia would use the extra time to extend territorial gains for the regimen and decimate US-backed opposition forces.

The US official said the Americans also told the Russians a ceasefire must be accompanied by full and sustained humanitarian access to besieged areas, where hundreds of thousands of people are caught in the fighting.

A deal on aid, such as airdrops, could be tied to a broader agreement to restart U.N.-mediated peace talks in Geneva that collapsed last week, some diplomats said.

Russia had said it was ready to negotiate a ceasefire. But some countries backing the opposition to Mr. Assad are loath to accept Mr. Assad’s recent resurgence after nearly five years and more than 250,000 people dead.

Those most invested in the rebellion, particularly Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have been pressuring Syrian rebel fighters not to give ground at the negotiating table and to continue their fight, according to diplomats.

Obama administration officials in recent days have publicly accused Moscow of sabotaging the diplomatic process. The Russian onslaught, they said, has left Islamic State largely untouched, while devastating areas near Aleppo held by more moderate rebels.

“What Russia is doing is directly enabling” Islamic State, Brett McGurk, a senior State Department official and presidential envoy, told a congressional hearing.

Conversely, other countries such as Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have been voicing a willingness to accept the Kremlin’s role in Syria and work more closely with it. Israeli officials have said they hoped Russia could help constrain Iranian operations against Israel from Syria.

“Our understanding from our discussions with the Russians is that their primary focus and intervention is targeting the terrorist organisations,” Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in an interview Monday. “We are supportive of any international effort to eradicate terrorism from Syria.”

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did they?

this is the claytons ceasefire..the one you call when you are defeated and you just know the enemy you pissed off can go on for as long as it takes..

“The Russian onslaught, they said, has left Islamic State largely untouched, while devastating areas near Aleppo held by more moderate rebels.”

they learned something from the coalition..

“the US called for an immediate ceasefire, arguing that Russia would use the extra time to extend territorial gains for the regimen and decimate US-backed opposition forces.”

the black flag wavers?? :)

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Pope Francis despatches 1,000 “super-confessor” priests

•February 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35543998

Pope Francis has sent more than 1,000 priests on a global mission to forgive grave sins that normally only he, or a top Church official, may pardon.

The Missionaries of Mercy, nicknamed the super-confessors, were given the special license for the Vatican’s Jubilee year, which ends in November.

Grave sins include defiling consecrated bread and wine, violating confessional secrecy, and plotting to kill a pope.

Pope Francis has often said the Church needs to be less rigid and judgemental.

He has declared this a Holy Year of Mercy, and is using it to spread a message of forgiveness – particularly among Catholics who have strayed from the faith and are keen to return.

At a Vatican ceremony on Tuesday, the Pope addressed some 700 of the chosen priests, saying penitents should be welcomed with open arms, instead of being judged with “a sense of superiority”.

“It’s not with the cudgel of judgment that we will succeed in bringing the lost sheep back to the fold,” he told a gathering in the Apostolic Palace.

The priests have been selected from dioceses around the world, and are expected to carry out their special mission in countries including Burundi, Egypt, China and the United Arab Emirates.

One of the priests is expected to travel among Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic, while another one is planning to tour remote parts of Australia in a van.

The grave sins that the priests can temporarily forgive may usually only be pardoned by senior bishops, Vatican officials or the Pope himself.

Abortion falls within the category of serious transgressions, but the Pope last year announced that he would allow all regular priests to grant absolution for this sin to women who wished to repent, for the duration of the Holy Year.

The Pope said that he recognised some women felt they had no choice but to take the “agonising” decision to have an abortion.

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what the fawk..

“Pope Francis has sent more than 1,000 priests on a global mission to forgive grave sins that normally only he, or a top Church official, may pardon.”

mini popes with big pope power?

this is an exercise in public relations..

“Abortion falls within the category of serious transgressions, but the Pope last year announced that he would allow all regular priests to grant absolution for this sin to women who wished to repent, for the duration of the Holy Year.”

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